The Echoes of the Mind (147-2-1) Bonaro


The Bonaro are an indigenous tribe in eastern New Guinea, organized into patriarchal clans. A young woman must give birth before she can marry, and she cannot marry the father of her child.

Marriage is an exchange of women between exogamous patriclans. The choice of a husband is up to a girl and her mother. Bride-price – payment to a man for taking a wife – is required.

The Bonaro place great faith in magic as a means for manipulating the natural and supernatural worlds. The most important presences are the ghosts of ancestors and sundry spirit beings.